Patricia Barfield, Ph.D., PMHNP-BC (she/her)

  • Assistant Professor, School of Nursing


Patricia (Patty) Barfield PHD, RN, PMHNP-BC is a nurse educator, clinician, and researcher with OHSU SON. She serves as the Campus Associate Dean for the OHSU SON La Grande Campus and Regional Associate Dean for OHSU’s Campus for Rural Health in Northeast Oregon. She is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializing in pediatric mental health. She brings a deep understanding of rural life and a strong commitment to improving the health of rural communities. Dr. Barfield's areas of teaching and research interest includes interprofessional rural workforce development and child/adolescent well-being. 

Education and training

    • A.D.N., 1981, Blue Mountain Community College
    • B.S.N., 1995, Boise State University
    • M.S.N., 2005, University of Phoenix
    • M.N., 2007, Oregon Health & Science University
    • Ph.D., 2017, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Certifications

    • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) Certification (PMHNP-BC)

Memberships and associations:

  • Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center (NEOAHEC) Board Chair
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)
  • Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Member
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Psi Chapter, Member & Research Chair

Areas of interest

  • Children/adolescents, mental health/well-being, outdoor/nature, rural health issues, art-based, qualitative, and mixed-methods.

Honors and awards

  • Sigma Beta Psi Nurse Researcher of the Year, 2023
  • Sigma Beta Psi Chapter, Susan Bakewell-Sachs Educational Excellence Award, 2023
  • Distinguished Faculty Senate Award for Outstanding Excellence, OHSU 2021


Selected publications

  • Barfield, P.A. (2018). Life satisfaction in children with ADHD: Looking beyond proxy reports. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric
  • Nursing
  • Barfield, P.A. & Driessnack M. (2018) Children with ADHD draw-and-tell about what makes their life really good. Journal of Specialists in Pediatric Nursing; 12210.  [Top downloaded article 2017-2018 Wiley]
  • Izumi, S., Barfield, P.A., Basin, S.B., Mood, L., Neunzert, C., Tadesse, R…, Taner, C.A. (2018). Care Coordination: Identifying and connecting the most appropriate care to the patients. Research in Nursing & Health, 41, 49-56. Doi:10.1002/nur.21843


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